The Vultures of Caracas 804


We are frequently told that people in Venezuela have no food, clothing or toilet paper, and that popular discontent with the left wing government is driven by real hunger. There are elements of truth in this story, though the causes of economic dislocation are far more complex than the media would have us believe.

But I ask you to look at this photo of supporters of CIA poster-boy, the West’s puppet unelected “President” Juan Guaido, taken at a Guaido rally in Caracas two days ago and published yesterday in security services house journal The Guardian. Please take a really close look at the photo. Blow it up as big as you can. Scan individual people in the crowd, one by one.

These are not the poor and most certainly not the starving. As it chances I have a great deal of life experience working amongst seriously deprived, hungry and despairing people. I know the gaunt face of want and the desperate glance of need. Look at these Guaido supporters, one by one by one. This designer spectacled, well-coiffed, elegantly dressed, sleekly jowled group does not know hunger. This group does not know want. This is a proper right wing gathering, a gathering of the nicely off section of society. This is a group of those who have corruptly been siphoning Venezuela’s great wealth for decades and who want to make sure the gravy train flows properly in their direction again. It is, in short, a group of exactly the kind of people you would expect to support a CIA coup.

Those manicured hands raised in the air will never throw rocks, or get involved in violence unless against a peasant strapped to a chair for them. It is not this crowd which will suffer as public disorder is manipulated and directed by the CIA. These wealthy ones are immune, just as Davos serves as nothing but an annual reminder of how very poorly God aims avalanches.

There is real suffering in Venezuela. The CIA is working hard to stoke violence, and the genuine poor will soon start to die, both in those egged on to riot and in the security services. But do not get taken in by the complete nonsense that this is a popular, democratic revolution. It is not. It is yet another barefaced CIA regime change coup.

UPDATE Such wisdom as this blog finds is often crowd-source, and with thanks to a commenter below here is some useful information from Jill Stein.

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  • BrianFujisan

    Caitlin Johbstone-

    ” Someone who bought the Propaganda on Libya, and Syria, & Venezuela, is Dumb, Like a man with his head up his ass. Someone who rejected the propaganda on Libya and Syria, but buys it on Venezulela, is Even Dumber, Like a man who pulled his head out of his ass, then willfully re- inserted it “

  • JohninMK

    Another monster post by John Helmer on the Skripal case. Basically as time goes on little snippets of information leak out of or are found in the official system ignorant of their potential significance. Those snippets when pieced together by continuing investigation into a timeline along with comments made by the Wiltshire Police Commissioner in his Twitter feed, trying to justify his position to the voters, little realizing the evidence trail he was leaving. Well worth the read.

    Very disappointing for those of us (not many round here) who had some belief in the capabilities or professionalism of our security services.

    http://johnhelmer.net/novichok-full-o-nuts-in-the-case-of-sergei-skripal-police-commissioner-angus-macpherson-lifts-the-lid/#more-20330

    • Blunderbuss

      I’m confused. Is Helmer suggesting that the notorious perfume bottle was stolen from Boots? If so, it clearly had nothing to do with the poisoning.

      • Kempe

        Helmer confused and cherry picking his “facts” as always.

        Nina Ricci have said that the bottle was a fake so how could It have been stolen from Boots? I’d guess they aren’t the only shop in Salisbury to suffer “shrinkage” from druggies either.

        • SA

          Helmer no more confused and cherry picking than official story. Poison sprayed on doorknobs finding its way to rafters? Try and explain that Kempe.

          • Kempe

            A precaution. Nobody has said the rafters are actually contaminated. Health and safety gone mad again.

          • Dan O’Thebes

            Kempe -https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/01/the-vultures-of-caracas/comment-page-6/#comment-824295

            LOL. Are you a comedian? Asking for a friend.

          • SA

            I have never heard such contortions in order to make a story to fit an official narrative. Precautions against what exactly? Majid spells? Witchcraft? Alchemy?

        • MaryPau!

          Skripals: Rowley said he found theperfume unopened in a charity bin in Salisbury town centre. This has seemed plausible to me both As a place for it to be dumped and to be scavenged by Charlie it makes sense. I doubt he stole it in the shop, mostfumes are stored in a sealed display unit behind the counter at a dedicated perfume counter in Boots. Not out on the open shelves in the main shop, precisely to stop them being stolen.
          From the timeline he described it seems like Charlie discarded the used packaging in a rubbixh bin after he opened it to assemble the spray and Dawn sprayed it on herself in tbe bathroom. Which makes it surprising the pokice took so long to find it .

          What I do not buy is that it was dumped in a charity bin by the two Russians in March and remained uncollected and unspotted for months, outside in a bin during an English winter which included rain and snow, and was then found in mint condition,come on!. I think that study was invented to stop locals worrying a poisoner was still around in Salisbury.

          I actually saw the initial press reports which said the Skripals were suspected of having fentanyl poisoning. As my sister says, what possible reason would the medical authorities have to suspect a Novichok agent let alone test for one?

          • Blunderbuss

            @MaryPau!

            The police found the box in Charlie’s rubbish bin and the bottle on the counter in Charlie’s kitchen. This was several days after the poisoning so I suspect somebody put them there for the police to find. Wasn’t there a report of a break-in at Charlie’s house?

  • doug scorgie

    Charles Bostock
    January 28, 2019 at 19:00

    “Rules are meant to be obeyed, even if you’re called George Galloway.”

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    Sadly the BBC are not subject to OFCOM rules.

  • N_

    An hour ago, Buzzfeed correspondent Alex Wickham and regime-connected political editor Laura Kuenssberg at the state broadcaster the BBC both (separately) circulated a Brexit proposal that has allegedly been agreed between the ERG’s Jacob Rees-Mogg and Tory Remainer Nicky Morgan. Leave nutter Boris Johnson and Remainer Stephen Hammond are also said to have endorsed it, while Jason Groves, political editor at the Heil, has retweeted it.

    Summary: the ERG has taken over the Tory party and accepted a spectacular grovel from at least some of the leading Tory Remainers.

    No word or even hint of a word yet, as far as I know, from the bowler hat “Isn’t the Pope a European?” mob at the DUP.

          • glenn_nl

            Blunderbust: Brian always makes sense. You should listen to him.

            Clark makes sense too, you ought to take advantage of his almost unbelievable patience in dealing with people like you, who shut down when it comes to having the most basic lessons of science explained to them. (i.e. people like your good self.)

            Being stubborn isn’t a virtue, you know. It’s a massive neon sign which flashes to the world your mind is not open. I’m not sure what you’re doing here – it certainly isn’t to learn anything. Do you think you have anything to offer in the way of teaching us something?

          • Blunderbuss

            Oh I see. You two are having tantrums about global warming. Brexit and the attack on the Skripals were caused by carbon dioxide.

          • Blunderbuss

            @glenn_nl 03:01

            “Do you think you have anything to offer in the way of teaching us something?”

            Well, I could teach you about free speech. Evidently it’s something you don’t know about.

          • pretzelattack

            lol you’re a global warming “skeptic” too? i’m surprised how many right wing readers there are here, first it’s supporting a coup in venezuela, now believers in international science conspiracies.

          • Blunderbuss

            pretzelattack 11:40

            Why do you assume that all global warming skeptics are right wing?

            I support Jeremy Corbyn (and his brother Piers Corbyn), I oppose the US coup in Venezuela and I’m a big enthusiast for public ownership. Is that right wing?

          • pretzelattack

            because anybody that dutifully parrots fossil fuel company propaganda usually is. and to tom welch “global warming”. that means “global”. it doesn’t mean it will never get cold again, or that every area warms equally at the same rate.

          • glenn_nl

            BB: “Yes, global warming is a well-known cause of cold weather.

            More simplistic thinking from someone who doesn’t know the difference between weather and climate, cannot be bothered to do any research on the subject himself, yet ridicules those those who have made a study of the science behind it. Calls them liars and stupid, hysterics and so on.

            Are you still encouraging these anti-vaxxer morons, BB?

          • SA

            The current concept is that it is ‘climate change’ in order to get over the This concept that simple minds ( like the POTUS) can’t get over the fact that global warming can also be associated with other extremes of weather changes.

          • Blunderbuss

            @glenn_nl 19:19

            1) I have been repeatedly called a liar but I haven’t called anyone a liar, stupid or hysteric. If you think I have, please provide links.

            2) I have said many times that I am in favour of vaccination. You just don’t read what I write because you are fixated on a false picture of me.

          • glenn_nl

            BB @ 20:49:

            1. If global warming is indeed a dubious concept if not an outright hoax – as you maintain – then every one of the thousands of scientists engaged in climate research must, ergo facto, be liars. You claimed Clark and myself were “having tantrums” – that’s not a million miles from hysterics, but weasel out of it if you must.

            2. If you’re not in favour of vaccinations being compulsory, and think Wakefield was “scapegoated” because of this, you’re not in favour of vaccinations (or you don’t understand anything about them). You’ve encouraged Paul Barbara in his lunacy of conspiracy theories surrounding them.

            But we both know that the only person who runs off when climate change is discussed is you. For example, when some actual facts and reason is brought into the discussion, you accuse others of having the IPCC as their “god”, even though the IPCC hadn’t been mentioned, and use that as an excuse to run away.

            In short, your approach is to be an uninformed denier who wants to remain that way.

          • Blunderbuss

            @glenn_nl 21:50

            You misrepresent me over and over again so I won’t bother to talk to you.

          • glenn_nl

            BB: “You misrepresent me over and over again so I won’t bother to talk to you.

            Of course. Run along, now.

          • Blunderbuss

            @pretzelattack 13:50

            Yes, that’s what I said. There’s no such thing as global warming – only regional warming. That’s why the so-called “global average temperature” is such a meaningless figure.

          • pretzelattack

            no it isn’t “what you said”. you’re talking about regional weather; global climate change affects that. you keep confusing the two.

          • glenn_nl

            BB: “Make up your mind. You posted this link which claims that global warming affects regional weather”

            WTF? Are you actually trying to be stupid here? This is crazy, you obviously have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about. Seriously, try to educate yourself just a tiny bit before making more of a fool of yourself – I actually mean that kindly.

          • Clark

            Free speech – 1. (human right): The inalienable right of the ignorant to mislead others esp. when putting lives at risk;
            2. (whinge): Protestation of the ignorant against being corrected in public.

          • Clark

            I had a very nice break thank you Blunderbuss. I saw one old friend who was in the navy and got sent to the Falklands by Thatcher, and another who lived for a while on a kibbutz near the Gaza Strip, decades ago; realists both. They like green tea, vege food and deep bass.

    • Casual Observer

      Looks like Mogg et al realise that in the event of a crash out, and if just some of the horror events being suggested come to pass, they want to be able to argue that they were being reasonable, and its all the fault of the nasty Europeans ?

      At this point its worth considering that crashing out before the EU elections, and facing problems, may well be in the interests of the EU ? It may steer some voters away from voting for the so called ‘Populist’ blowhards ?

      Realistically, any exit will, assuming the Brexit wet dream crowd are wrong and the EU does not collapse, will be temporary. In a decade the voter base will have changed significantly in the pro Europe direction. and a rejoining UK will have had its awkwardness blunted.

      • N_

        I think this particular move by the ERG is a short game not a long one. All conflicts among Tories over “Europe” have been won by the Europhobes as long as I can remember. Some of the press are saying the ERG is caving which is just ridiculous. That said, David Gauke is among their number, but he’s just one guy. Most of the scribblers don’t seem to know who is in the ERG and who isn’t, except that they recognise Poshy Pants Mogg.

        Agreed that neither EU27 nor the British elite want to delay Brexit until after the EU elections. The EU parliament which must ratify any Brexit deal rises on 18 April and the elections are at the end of May. Neither Labour nor the Tories want EU elections. What would they say in their manifestos?

        “Extension” seems like a red herring. It could only be for less than 3 weeks anyway, for the reason just given. No point in that. Once again the scribblers are ill-informed and I haven’t seen any detailed analysis of how many statutory amendments are necessary, have already been tabled, or are at this stage rather than that, although lots of information is available from the Hansard Society. Sure, there has been a lot of delay so far and a mixture of incompetence and deliberate manipulation at the House of Commons, but that doesn’t mean that it will continue. Much of the media seems to be run by kids in the office who are so excited that they find it hard to look beyond the end of their noses.

        Most likely a form of words will be agreed this side of the Channel to tweak the draft withdrawal agreement and that’s it – they can scale down their presence on College Green. EU27 could accept, or they could say eff off. Ill effects in Britain will be blamed on foreigners either way. There could be a deal AND major shortages.

      • Deb O'Nair

        “a rejoining UK will have had its awkwardness blunted.”

        A rejoining UK (what’s left of it) will have to give up Sterling, but even then it’s hard to imagine the EU wanting them back.

  • Tueresunapendejo

    Fuck you ask my family who can’t find food and medicine is his is some cia plot you ignorant piece of shit, stupid Americans always think this is about you wake the fuck up

    • Isa

      As CIA coup as you can get . Guaído, groomed for a coup since university , groomed to bring down the country , groomed to implement a shock doctrine , call the IMF , sell oil resources to the USA. Guaído , the American dream … I have a word for Guaído and his ilk : traidor , lesa-pátria . Tenha vergonha , aqui a sua propaganda não passa .

      https://grayzoneproject.com/2019/01/29/the-making-of-juan-guaido-how-the-us-regime-change-laboratory-created-venezuelas-coup-leader/

      • Caludia

        At least he “groomed” for something. I dare you look back on Maduro’s “grooming”. Thanks for caring from your cozy chair, from your rich country and your expensive device. I think you have read only the news that defend the socialist ideas. And Venezuela is NOT socialism.

        • Isa

          You know nothing about me nor will you , I’m not that gullible . I do advise you to read on the matter in case you are genuinely badly informed . If you’re spinning for anti democracy Guaidó groomed by the USA to be president without going to elections , it tells me all I need to know about your motives . This is not about right and left , it’s about maintaining democratic institutions , you know , things like the abc of democracy ,,, you can’t be president without running for presidential elections , thy shall not misrepresent article 233, thy shall not sell your country to a foreign power … hasta lá vista when democracy wins . Because make no mistake it will win no matter how much you spam blog comments with misinformation . No pasarán . I promise you that .

        • Isa

          That’s what they want . Then they will invade via proxy – or so dim Bolton and pence think as there is no way the Brazilian army will support bolsonaro in that , not ever . The USA will not use American troops on the ground , they’ll use the poor Latin American neighbours as canon fodder . But I think they forget the utter contempt normal people ( army included ) have for the USA in Latin America after years of pinochets or baptistas .

          • Isa

            Thank you for the link sharp ears .

            Listening to this American exceptionalism talking head makes me nauseous . What has the world come to when the USA refers to Guaido as a legitimate president to ,a man who never ran for elections or talks about people starving when the USA , EU and Canada are responsible for the sanctions that starve the people of Venezuela .

            The same USA that made sure Lula went to prison and organised the Temer coup and opened way to bolsonaro .

            I know where these local Latin American elites come from . They are those who run away from Portugal and Spain at the end of the fascist dictatorships . Sadly they multiplied and their descendants are pretty much the same ilk . We call them fachos / short for fascists ,

            There were 3 million in the streets of Venezuela against USA intervention this week , not shown on western média . There are millions in Brazil that know precisely what these right wing extremists neo liberal oligarchs want . As there are millions all over Latin America .

            The USA and helpers will not succeed .

  • Sharp Ears

    More importantly, the Brexit negotiations continue in Brussels for May this week following this session in the HoC today.

    Main Chamber 11.30 am
    Oral questions HM Treasury (including Topical Questions)
    Ten Minute Rule Motion Smoking Prohibition (National Health Service Premises) – Tracy Brabin
    Motion Section 13 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018
    Adjournment Use of the 1824 Vagrancy Act – Layla Moran

    Liam Fox has been on the news channels doing a warm up act for Theresa.

    Back up from Billy Fourteen Pints.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/01/28/european-friends-taking-huge-risk-abandon-mrs-may/

    • nevermind

      What is never discussed is the fact that by our own chaos and divided HoC it is this political class of clowns who are undermining themselves by DISUNITY. They are taking the pillow off the seat of EU negotiators to have any leeway in discussions.

      They will not talk to disunited politicians and the hard line leavers know this, hence they argue themselves into corners in order to stifle any attempts to come to an adequate solution.
      Imho a hard Brexit is almost guaranteed by this behaviour, it is made far too easy for them to argue and do nothing, so not very much will happen, dragging Ireland down with us.
      The SNP act like a rabbit in the headlights when they should be mobilising for a Indyref.2, they should have seen this coming by the way they were shut out from negitiations on Brexit.

    • Ken Kenn

      According to Rachel Reeves Guiado is a fellow ‘ Socialist’

      Two errors there Rachel – you’re not one and he definitely isn’t.

      We’ve got a comparison to Blair from a Blairite so no doubt Bolsano will be compared to Gordon Brown next
      and Trump will self identify as a Chomskyite.

      The world’s upside down or at least the understanding of it.

      • Rhys Jaggar

        He is not anything, he is a US puppet who has his orders to privatise the oil industry with Us corporates as major beneficiaries.

        • Andyoldlabour

          @Rhys,

          Exactly and our media are complicit in covering this up.
          It was all about oil back in 1953 in Iran.

    • Tom Welsh

      I agree with your comment, Hmmm… except for the last part. The UK now has only about 100 tanks left, and the factory that builds them no longer exists.

  • Sharp Ears

    To return to the list of Israeli products on the BDS list. Several names of wines are listed on this American website.
    http://www.palestineinformation.org/SomeProducts.htm

    Further. Here, Waitrose was called out over three years ago for its support for Israeli products and for stocking them. I never go into their establishments so cannot say if they have changed their policies. The then CEO, Mark Price, has moved on to higher things.

    UK supermarket Waitrose suffers brand damage for promoting Israel
    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/amena-saleem/uk-supermarket-waitrose-suffers-brand-damage-promoting-israel

    The Waitrose MD and deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership moved on to higher things. To the Lords in fact and into Agent Cameron’s and Theresa May’s governments. He looks well fed in the photo on here.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Price,_Baron_Price

    Well in with the royals too. I expect their groceries come from Waitrose. P Charles’ Duchy Originals are stocked by Waitrose.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/6169883/Waitrose-seals-royal-deal-with-Duchy-Originals.html
    Price was also a trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund.

  • Smiling Through

    Elliott Abrams worked very closely with Roy Godson in the Reagan team that brought us Iran-Contra and other dirty work in Central and Latin America.

    https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Roy_Godson

    Roy is the brother of Policy Exchange director and former Tory candidate Dean Godson who cut his teeth in politics working at the Pentagon in the Reagan years.

    http://powerbase.info/index.php/Dean_Godson

    Father Joe Godson was a close US embassy associate of Labour Atlanticists in the early Cold War years and urged Hugh Gaitskell to throw NHS founder Aneurin Bevan our of the Labour party.

    http://powerbase.info/index.php/Joseph_Godson

    The long arm of US intervention reaches not only into Venezuela but into the postwar domestic politics of the United Kingdom.

    • Michael McNulty

      I suspect one reason the UK does as the US demands is our government faces constant US threats we never hear about. I’ve wondered if the constant UK pressure on Julian Assange is because the US has made it clear if he makes a break for Ecuador they will drone-strike him before he leaves our shores, while threats of armed US troops patrolling our streets to protect “US interests” is another possibility. Any UK government which lost British sovereignty to the criminal US establishment would face certain defeat at the polls if not riots in the streets.

      • Tom Welsh

        Michael, I believe there is a good deal of evidence that such threats have been used ever since the middle of WW2. Being bankrupt as early as 1940, the UK government had to go on its knees to Washington for help to fight the Nazis. Rather than saying generously, “Sure, buddy, we have plenty of cash so have these supplies and weapons free – since we’re not actually fighting for freedom, it’s the least we can do”, the Americans demanded complete repayment of every last red cent – with interest. I think the final instalment was paid in 2006.

        But during WW2 a lot of other “considerations” were made over: most of Britain’s overseas bases, and all our knowledge about radar, cryptography and cryptanalysis, nuclear fission, jet aircraft and plenty of other technology – total value inexpressible in terms of cash.

        And since 1945 we have seen the British aerospace and computer industries basically broken up and handed over to the USA for exploitation.

      • Tom Welsh

        “Any UK government which lost British sovereignty to the criminal US establishment would face certain defeat at the polls if not riots in the streets”.

        If there are any real British patriots left, any UK government which lost British sovereignty to the criminal US establishment would face certain death.

    • Sharp Ears

      Thanks for that good information on Abrams and Godson. What evil people. I have passed your link on.

      • pretzelattack

        abrams was reagan’s go to guy in defending and minimizing death squad massacres in el salvador.

    • Tom Welsh

      Obviously that would be “No Deal”.

      If I leave someone’s house or office, I don’t linger in the hallway, get halfway out of the door and then sit down, or set up camp on the porch or even in the garden.

      “Leave” means “leave”.

      If Sir Humphrey and his colleagues are too incompetent or lazy to make it work, we should fire the whole of them and find someone who can organize.

  • Todd Millions

    At least J. Guaido takes care of any engineered toilet paper shortage. The Populous need merely rinse him off and use him like a Roman sponge on a stick over and over. Perhaps certain Prime ministers could do good will visits for the same use? BOB- Bring Own Bleach. If the oh so concerned Boulton tags along, you would have a handy bowl scrubber.
    For any clogs- Send in Justy Keithrichardson of Ottawa.
    On related methods to this -spontaneous coup, I see no news on the bothers Chris Busby has being saddled with that also -don’t pass any sniffs. Minny Truthey Gag orders? Oh-Surely Liz would Never Stoop so low!

    • Alex Westlake

      Inflation has already taken care of that – it’s the only practical use for their banknotes. Particularly as some of them no doubt bear the image of Hugo Chavez

    • Tom Welsh

      “Rupert’s lot are giving Guaido airtime”.

      As one would expect. In the spirit of Claud Cockburn’s “Never believe anything until it has been officially denied”, I never think of anyone as an utter and unadulterated swine until (s)he has been praised by the Dirty Digger.

      I gather one of the arrogant, chauvinistic racist Washington morons spells the name “Guiado”. In English, “guided” or “controlled”. I like it so much I think I will use it in future.

  • Sharp Ears

    ‘In this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Eva Golinger about the US’ ongoing attempts at regime change in Venezuela; which seeks to replace President Nicolas Maduro with Juan Guaido.

    Next, we speak to Anna Eskamani, the first Iranian-American state legislator elected in Florida’s history about the Iran deal, foreign policy and gun control.

    Lastly, we speak to the Provisional IRA’s former director of intelligence, Kieran Conway about the possibility of resumed conflict in Ireland should a hard border be established.’

    Going Underground http://fb.me/GoingUndergroundRT

    https://www.youtube.com/user/GoingUndergroundRT

  • ray

    Mauro is an unpleasant piece of work and millions of Venezuelans are suffering but that is no excuse to start a civil war or invasion. The ex-Spanish president has been carrying out talks for months but they were stopped after US pressure.

  • Sharp Ears

    Maduro claims Trump ordered Columbian government and mafia to kill him
    30 Jan, 2019 07:19
    ‘Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has claimed that Donald Trump ordered the Colombian government and mafia to assassinate him, but insisted that he’s well protected from the threat of assassination.
    “Without a doubt, Donald Trump gave the order to kill me, told the Colombian government, the Colombian mafia, to kill me. If something happens to me, Donald Trump and Colombian President Ivan Duque will be responsible,” Maduro told RIA Novosti.
    Maduro, however, expressed confidence in his country’s security services.
    “I am always protected by the Venezuelan people, we have a good intelligence service,” he said.’
    /..
    https://www.rt.com/news/450108-maduro-trump-ordered-mafia-kill/

  • RR

    Yet I believe that even you, Craig, cannot fully grasp the cynicism of it all, because you still defend the Soros monster, whose “democratic” instructions are a smoke screen in order to provide financing to this well-fed, corrupt and vile “opposition”. In Russia the supporters of Navalny are exactly the same type as these Venezuelan “protesters”. They are the people with money and privileges, but no morals.

  • Louisa Curry

    Dear Craig you are so wrong about Venezuela there is no need to ask if you have ever been there. Your idea of suffering encompasses only the “gaunt” it seems. What if you watched your mother die because there was no cancer/ stroke/ diabetes medication ? What if your 18 year old son went to a protest and didn’t return because he was kidnapped and enprisioned or shot to death by National Guardsmen? What if you have lost 50lbs in the last 2 years because your salary as school teacher doesn’t cover your family’s expenses? What if you can just get by on the box of food the government sells you once a month but if anyone in your family gets sick or your car breaks down you are facing a whole new scary situation? What if your savings were wiped out by 1 million per cent inflation? What if the value of your house has reduced to a tenth of what you paid for it ? What if you had to force your only child to emigrate and clean toilets to send money home so you can eat ? What if you voted in an election against your corrupt government but the rulers declared themselves the winners anyway? What if your neighbourhood used to be safe to walk around but now you are scared to leave your house for even a 5 min walk ? What if your government was involved in illegal mining that was destroying the most beautiful and pristine parts of your country? What if your gvmt armed motorcycle gangs and told them to open fire on anyone against the gvmt? What if you watched your country go from the richest in its region to the poorest in 20 years while officials get fatter and richer ? What if your salary used to be 750usd and now is 6 usd a month ? What if you have to dedicate several hours a day to queuing to buy food? What if almost everyone you know has fled the country including most of your family ? What if you live in a nice building but your water is rationed to 30 mins twice a day which is barely enough to to shower, wash the pots and fill your buckets? What if your child’s school or medical appointment is cancelled frequently because there is no power ? What if your child was still hungry but you had to say no to another slice of bread ? What if you were robbed at gun point by the very police you expect to protect you ? What if the paintings in your national museums had secretly been stolen and sold off for personal profits? Would you perhaps be a bit pissed off ? Or do you not have the right To be upset unless you are “wan” or “gaunt” ? Yes the middle classes are hurting and are hungry believe me and some of them are eating out of the garbage every day. I have seen it uncountable times. But no one is hurting more than the poor, which is 90 per cent of the population by the way. poverty and extreme poverty have risen exponentially in recent times. Do you still think there is no one “poor” or “suffering” enough by your standards in that photo ? But you are right about one thing, it is not that easy for the poor to demonstrate. Maybe you should think about why? If you are poor you have to spend more hours per day queuing or looking for food, or medicine, often overnight, you have no transport means, you cannot afford to miss even 2 hours of work, you live in a barrio or a poor neighbourhood which is controlled by the government and will be shot at for even banging a pot or stepping out of your house. You say the middle and upper classes will never be involved with violence but they are involved in violence EVERY day. Up to 29 of these protesters were murdered just on 23rd January. Many opposition mayors and leaders have been arrested, tortured, exiled, murdered. Around 200 died in the 2017 protests, and another 50 in the 2014 guarimbas. Violent kidnap and murders are at an all time high. You say the poor will start dying but they are ALREADY dying. Especially children. But you don’t see there gaunt faces in that photo so I guess they must be happy with this government ? Read a lot more Craig or better still, go to Venezuela if you dare and live a while what people there are living. Then say that you aren’t suffering and you still support this illilegimate government. PS there actually was a coup attempt in 2002 look it up.

    • Hmmm

      So why are the poor poor in the first place? Will a new president who doesn’t care make it better? Those people in the photo haven’t known real suffering – something you can see on the streets in the UK too.

    • Ken Kenn

      .” I have seen it uncountable times.”

      Intriguing.

      Whereabouts do you live in Venezuala to see it?

      Zip Code or postcode please.

      Any photos or corroborative evidence would be great.

      ” believe me ”

      Sorry – convince me.

      • Kempe

        Can we expect demands for the same level of proof the next time anybody posts up claims that 9/11 was an inside job or that the Skripals have been eaten by giant alien lizards?

        • pretzelattack

          we can expect demands for evidence wherever there is a propaganda campaign to convince us otherwise, whether it is the skripals or venezuela. i’ve never seen any evidence 911 was an inside job, but it could have been a let it happen scenario. bush was negligent and incompetent enough for that.

        • Ken Kenn

          Yes.

          At least they are all out on videos or blogs.

          True or false – they are not hearsay and can be seen.

          I asked where she lived – not who she is.

          On a matter of the Skripals ( a bit of proof maybe ?) why has dawn Sturgesses Inquest not been heard of seen of?

          According to the authorities you have faith in it was moved to January 2019.

    • Sharp Ears

      Paragraphs breaks there would have been helpful Louisa. Are you writing from Caracas or from elsewhere?

    • Paul Barbara

      @ Louisa Curry January 30, 2019 at 17:42
      The US is ‘making the Venezuelan economy scream’ just like they did Chile:
      https://bmovie.me/movie/missing/11cLd
      Is this what you want for Venezuela?
      ‘…PS there actually was a coup attempt in 2002 look it up….’ Yes, there have been plenty of CIA-organised coups in Latin America, haven’t there?
      You think US/’Western’ intervention will make things better – like they did in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Libya, Somalia, Syria?
      Or like they did in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Grenada, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Haiti, ‘Contras’ in Nicaragua?

      • Ken Kenn

        She probably lives in Manhattan or II’s Head Office in London.

        Very swanky I hear.

        Lot of poverty though – down to the last case of caviar last night until the US intervened.

        I note the European sycophants have joined in.

        Did Nigel vote for it?

    • Dennis Revell

      :

      Oh shut up.

      What are you doing here in the first place?

      How’s the access to cancer treatments etc going Iraq, in Libya, in Afghanistan, in Syria, in Somalia etc, etc?

      You found the wrong blog.

      Go away.

      .

  • fwl

    BTW re comments above about Venezuela paying Russia in Oil: Bloomberg’s “Venezuela has 20 Tonnes of Gold ready to Ship” story today reports Russia warning that Venezuela could have difficulty meeting payments under a $3.15B debt re-scheduled in 2017 of which $100M is due in March.

  • Sharp Ears

    Venezuela: Maduro accuses US of trying to ‘get hands on our oil’
    Embattled president warns Donald Trump he risks turning country into new Vietnam

    Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent and Andrew Roth in Moscow
    30 Jan 2019 18.43
    Nicolás Maduro speaking in the video

    Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has accused Donald Trump and a “group of extremists around him” of plotting to topple him in order to seize Venezuela’s oil, and warned he risked transforming the South American country into a new Vietnam.

    In a four-minute Facebook video – published as Venezuela prepared on Wednesday for a day of fresh pro-opposition protests – Maduro said the leaders of the US “empire” were conspiring “to get their hands on our oil – just like they did in Iraq and in Libya”.’

    /..
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/30/venezuela-maduro-accuses-us-of-trying-to-get-hands-on-oil-donald-trump

    It’s a long piece and includes details of actions by Trump and Russia.

    • Sharp Ears

      Followed by this Guardian press release from the appalling Foreign Secretary, one in a long disgraceful line.

      Venezuela: Jeremy Hunt to call for EU sanctions on key Maduro figures
      Maduro presidential rival Juan Guaidó claims he has held secret meetings with military, which hold key to power
      Thu 31 Jan 2019 05.07
      Britain’s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is expected to urge EU nations to impose sanctions on members of Nicolás Maduro’s inner circle in Venezuela as pressure mounts on the president.
      Hunt is expected to use an informal summit in Romania to make the call, which comes after his rival to the presidency, Juan Guaidó, claimed in a New York Times opinion piece ($) that he had held “clandestine” meetings with the military.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/30/venezuela-maduro-accuses-us-of-trying-to-get-hands-on-oil-donald-trump

  • Isa

    “That year, Guaidó helped lead anti-government rallies after the Venezuelan government declined to to renew the license of Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV). This privately owned station played a leading role in the 2002 coup against Hugo Chávez. RCTV helped mobilize anti-government demonstrators, falsified information blaming government supporters for acts of violence carried out by opposition members, and banned pro-government reporting amid the coup. The role of RCTV and other oligarch-owned stations in driving the failed coup attempt was chronicled in the acclaimed documentary The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

    (…)”Guaidó heads to the barricades
    That February, student demonstrators acting as shock troops for the exiled oligarchy erected violent barricades across the country, turning opposition-controlled quarters into violent fortresses known as guarimbas. While international media portrayed the upheaval as a spontaneous protest against Maduro’s iron-fisted rule, there was ample evidence that Popular Will was orchestrating the show.

    “None of the protesters at the universities wore their university t-shirts, they all wore Popular Will or Justice First t-shirts,” a guarimba participant said at the time. “They might have been student groups, but the student councils are affiliated to the political opposition parties and they are accountable to them.”

    Asked who the ringleaders were, the guarimba participant said, “Well if I am totally honest, those guys are legislators now.”

    Around 43 were killed during the 2014 guarimbas. Three years later, they erupted again, causing mass destruction of public infrastructure, the murder of government supporters, and the deaths of 126 people, many of whom were Chavistas. In several cases, supporters of the government were burned alive by armed gangs.

    Guaidó was directly involved in the 2014 guarimbas. In fact, he tweeted video showing himself clad in a helmet and gas mask, surrounded by masked and armed elements that had shut down a highway that were engaging in a violent clash with the police. Alluding to his participation in Generation 2007, he proclaimed, “I remember in 2007, we proclaimed, ‘Students!’ Now, we shout, ‘Resistance! Resistance!’”

    “ In an televised appearance in 2016, Guaidó dismissed deaths resulting from guayas – a guarimba tactic involving stretching steel wire across a roadway in order to injure or kill motorcyclists – as a “myth.” His comments whitewashed a deadly tactic that had killed unarmed civilians like Santiago Pedroza and decapitated a man named Elvis Durán, among many others.

    This callous disregard for human life would define his Popular Will party in the eyes of much of the public, including many opponents of Maduro“

    https://grayzoneproject.com/2019/01/29/the-making-of-juan-guaido-how-the-us-regime-change-laboratory-created-venezuelas-coup-leader/

  • Isa

    There were fake newsyrsyerdsy regarding a Russian plane in Mexico to bring gold to Russia .

    This was published first in novaya Gazette so I bet you bellingcay is working to destabilise.

    on the other hand Guaidó is tweeting from a university that his house – where he is not at- is surrounded by police … white helmets tactics being used all over again .

    The people of Venezuela are the ones who will suffer with all this farce . What can we do to help is my anguish .

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Can you believe the Judge Leanie Brrinkema of the Federal Court of Eastern Virginia has denied a call from reporters to open a sealed Federal warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange on the basis that its existence is only based on an erroneous mistake by the Feds?

    Talk about a police state.

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